Brie in Puff Pastry for Two!
By KC the Kitchen Chopper,
Happy Valentine’s Day! Don’t faint, but I baked. Here’s a Brie in Puff Pastry just for you and your honey! Not a dessert, but it certainly could be. Cheese is a classic dessert. No doubt about it. Up until now my Artichoke Dip has been the most decadent recipe I’ve posted, but let’s face it…this “Brie in Puff Pastry” takes the cake…uh Cheese! But if not for your honey on Valentine’s Day, then when, right? Well that’s what I thought. And if this puff pastry wrapped petite brie topped with walnuts sautéed in butter and brown sugar doesn’t make him fall in love now or all over again, I don’t know what will! The most healthful thing I can say about this is that I used brain boosting organic butter, heart smart walnuts and served it with “an apple a day…” apple slices. Otherwise I got nuthin’. Even the Chopper has to step away from uber healthful every once in a while.
I tried to make the puff pastry into a heart shape. It became more of an “homage” to a heart. Aw, please don’t laugh, I gave it a shot. I get “A” for effort. It’s a big ole puffy heart full of cheesy goodness. No matter what it looks like it is like nothing you’ve ever tasted. In fact, The Hubby said it has so much good Karma it turned into a “Buddha’s Belly”! Buttery, crunchy, sweet and ooey gooey “to die for” “swoon food” on a plate.
I’ve made this for parties using a regular sized brie. You can too. Just double the topping ingredients. Wrap with a whole sheet of puff pastry. Bake just like this little brie.
There are a few steps, but they’re not difficult.
Sauté butter, brown sugar and walnuts.
Slice a thin layer of rind off the top of the petite brie
Place the brie on the 1/2 pastry sheet, brush edges with egg wash, and top with the Butter, Brown Sugar, Walnut mixture
Fold the pastry over the brie and crimp the edges.
Take a pairing knife and cut the edges into a heart shape. Brush the whole thing with egg wash. (not shown) Ready for the oven!
If any of you try this “heart shaping thing”, send me a photo of your handy work. I’ll bet it’s much better than mine!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 27 minutes
Yield: 2 servings
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Sauté Pan Ingredients:
2 Tablespoons Salty, Maple, Oven Roasted Walnuts, Chopped. Or Plain Roasted Walnuts will do.
1 Tablespoon Organic Butter
1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar
Baking Sheet Ingredients:
1 Sheet Puff Pastry
1 petite Brie
Sauté Pan Prep:
In a Sauté Pan heated to low, melt the butter. When the butter is melted add the Walnuts and Brown Sugar. Cook all together until the sugar is melted. Don’t take your eyes off it as this can burn very quickly. When done, remove from heat till you’re ready to top the Brie.
Baking Sheet Ingredients Prep: Take your Puff Pastry Sheet and roll it out just to soften the fold lines. Cut in in half. In a small bowl, whisk the egg till the white and yolk are well incorporated. Slice off a thin layer rind off the top of the Brie. I assembled the pastry/brie on the baking sheet. Place the Brie on the piece of Pastry, leaving 2/3’s pastry to fold over the Brie. Top the Brie with the Walnut mixture. Brush all the edges with the egg wash. This will help to seal the top and bottom edges. Pull the long end of the pastry over the brie and crimp all the edges. If you’re game for trying the heart shape here’s how I attempted. Use a pairing knife to shape the excess into a heart shape. At the very top of the “heart” press into the brie in one small spot to create the round heart shape. Of course you don’t have to do the creative part. All you need to do is cut off the excess pastry into a round shape. Re-crimp all the edges to make sure they are well sealed. Brush the entire pastry with egg. This will help it brown. Now pop it in the oven. Bake for 20-25 minutes. When brown and crusty, remove from the oven and let it rest for at least 15 minutes.
Serve with apple slices. Pear slices would be a yummy option as well.
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Brie in Puff Pastry for Two is featured at April J Harris “Hearth and Soul” linky party!